Ohio Farm Bureau State Board Trustee Al DiVencenzo passed away unexpectedly July 24. Since 2014, he had represented Cuyahoga, Erie, Huron and Lorain counties on the Ohio Farm Bureau board of trustees. A Lorain County Farm Bureau member, he served at the county level as president, vice president, secretary, board member and member of numerous committees.
DiVencenzo operated a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm with his wife, Beth, which includes a pre-cut lot that benefits a local school and library fund. He was vice president of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association and was setting up its popular Ohio State Fair exhibit just days before his passing. He also served as an adjunct professor at the Firelands campus of Bowling Green State University.
DiVencenzo spent 30 years in public education and was a 45-year 4-H adviser. The DiVencenzos have three grown children.
“Working with Al DiVencenzo over the years in his role as an OFBF state board member always reminded me why Farm Bureau is so special. Al was the embodiment of the dedicated, involved, passionate and kind individual who makes a difference for their communities and agriculture. Many others have already said it, but I will echo it: Al will be missed.” ~ Adam Sharp, OFBF Executive Vice President